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The Past in Question : Modern Macedonia and the Uncertainties of Nation - Keith Brown

The Past in Question

Modern Macedonia and the Uncertainties of Nation

Paperback Published: 6th April 2003
ISBN: 9780691099958
Number Of Pages: 320

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This book examines the relationship between national history, identity, and politics in twentieth-century Macedonia. It focuses on the reverberating power of events surrounding an armed uprising in August 1903, when a revolutionary organization challenged the forces of the Ottoman Empire by seizing control of the mountain town of Krusevo. A century later, Krusevo is part of the Republic of Macedonia and a site for yearly commemorations of 1903. In the course of the intervening hundred years, various communities have vied to establish an authoritative account of what happened in 1903--and to weave those events into a longer and wider narrative of social, cultural, and national evolution.

Keith Brown examines how Krusevo's residents, refugees, and exiles have participated--along with scholars, journalists, artists, bureaucrats, and politicians--in a conversation about their vexed past. By tracing different approaches to understanding, commemorating, and narrating the events of 1903, he shows how in this small mountain town the "magic of nationalism" by which destiny is written into particular historical events has neither failed nor wholly succeeded. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, and unity still rub against tales of treachery, score settling, and disaster as people come to terms with the legacies of imperialism, socialism, and nationalism. The efforts of Krusevo's successive generations to transcend a past of intercommunal violence reveal how rival claims to knowledge and truth acquire vital significance during rapid social, economic, and political change.

Honorable Mention for the 2004 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies "For anyone with a serious interest in the Balkans, this volume is an important confirmation of the complexity of this corner of Europe."--Choice "Chimeras, dragons, and unicorns may not exist, but they are beautifully illustrated in this coffee-table book depicting images of fantastic beasts from the beginning of recorded time to the present. While there are other books on this subject, none is as comprehensive either chronologically or multiculturally."--Library Journal "Keith Brown takes readers on a fascinating trip through time and space that reframes understandings of the"Macedonian Question...' The Past in Question offers valuable lessons for scholars of nationalism, identity, socialism, and southeastern Europe by means of a theoretically sophisticated analysis that remains grounded in the empirical evidence of the Ilinden story."--Pamela Ballinger, Slavic Review

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Notes on Transliteration and Pronunciationp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
A Double Legacy: Macedonia's Yugoslav and Balkan Historiesp. 22
"Crowded Out by a Plethora of Facts": Distance and Experience in Western Narratives of Krusevop. 51
Tipping Points: The Transformation of Identities in Krusevop. 79
Between the Revolutions: Life in Krusevo 1903-1944p. 103
Buying the Memories: Collectivization, the Past and National Identityp. 126
History Stated: The Making of a Monumentp. 153
Local Truths: Rereading 1903 the Krusevo Wayp. 181
On the Brink of a New, Old World: Recasting Solidarity After Yugoslaviap. 211
Conclusionp. 234
Glossary and Acronymsp. 251
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780691099958
ISBN-10: 0691099952
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th April 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45